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Albuquerque Installing New Permeable Parking Lot

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The Environmental Protection Agency is working with the City of Albuquerque to install a state of the art parking lot at a municipal facility that will reduce pollution flowing into the Rio Grande. 

The city is spending $61,000 to replace an old parking lot at Pino Yards, a municipal maintenance and fueling facility. The project is part of a settlement with the EPA, coming after toxic runoff from the site drained into the Rio Grande, resulting in violations of the Clean Water Act.

The new parking lot will be built with permeable pavement, which will allow rainwater to sink into the ground instead of draining into rivers and streams. The EPA says keeping rainwater on-site will reduce dangers to public health and the environment.

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